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Eunuch Complains Of His Fate by Confucius

Eunuch Complains Of His Fate by Confucius

A few fine lines, at random drawn,Like the shell-pattern wrought in lawnTo hasty glance will seem.My trivial faults base slander's slimeDistorted into foulest crime,And men me ...

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Ode Complimenting An Officer by Confucius

Ode Complimenting An Officer by Confucius

On dashed my four steeds, without halt, without stay,Though toilsome and winding from Chow was the way.I wished to return--but the monarch's commandForbade that his business be ...

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The Absence Of Her Student Lover by Confucius

The Absence Of Her Student Lover by Confucius

You student, with the collar blue,Long pines my heart with anxious pain.Although I do not go to you,Why from all word do you refrain?O you, with girdle strings of blue,My thoughts ...

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A Complaint by Confucius

A Complaint by Confucius

He lodged us in a spacious house,And plenteous was our fare.But now at every frugal mealThere's not a scrap to spare.Alas! alas that this good manCould not go on as he began!

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An Ode Of Congratulation by Confucius

An Ode Of Congratulation by Confucius

The russet pear-tree stands there all alone;How bright the growth of fruit upon it shown!The King's affairs no stinting hands require,And days prolonged still mock our fond ...

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An Entreaty by Confucius

An Entreaty by Confucius

Along the great highway,I hold you by the cuff.O spurn me not, I pray,Nor break old friendship off.Along the highway worn,I hold your hand in mine.Do not as vile me scorn;Your ...

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A Eunuch Complains Of His Fate by Confucius

A Eunuch Complains Of His Fate by Confucius

A few fine lines, at random drawn,Like the shell-pattern wrought in lawnTo hasty glance will seem.My trivial faults base slander's slimeDistorted into foulest crime,And men me ...

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A Wife Consoled By Her Husband’s Arrival by Confucius

A Wife Consoled By Her Husband’s Arrival by Confucius

Cold is the wind, fast falls the rain,The cock aye shrilly crows.But I have seen my lord again;--Now must my heart repose.Whistles the wind, patters the rain,The cock's crow far ...

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A Wife Deplores The Absence Of Her Husband by Confucius

A Wife Deplores The Absence Of Her Husband by Confucius

Away the startled pheasant flies,With lazy movement of his wings.Borne was my heart's lord from my eyes;--What pain the separation brings!The pheasant, though no more in view,His ...

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A Wife Bemoans Her Husband’s Absence by Confucius

A Wife Bemoans Her Husband’s Absence by Confucius

So full am I of anxious thought,Though all the morn king-grass I've sought,To fill my arms I fail.Like wisp all-tangled is my hair!To wash it let me home repair.My lord soon may I ...

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A Lady Mourns The Absence Of Her Student Lover by Confucius

A Lady Mourns The Absence Of Her Student Lover by Confucius

You student, with the collar blue,Long pines my heart with anxious pain.Although I do not go to you,Why from all word do you refrain?O you, with girdle strings of blue,My thoughts ...

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An Officer Deplores The Misery Of The Time by Confucius

An Officer Deplores The Misery Of The Time by Confucius

In the fourth month summer shines;In the sixth the heat declines.Nature thus grants men relief;Tyranny gives only grief.Were not my forefathers men?Can my suffering 'scape their ...

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A Woman Scorning Her Lover by Confucius

A Woman Scorning Her Lover by Confucius

O dear! that artful boyRefuses me a word!But, Sir, I shall enjoyMy food, though you're absurd!O dear! that artful boyMy table will not share!But, Sir, I shall enjoyMy rest, though ...

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An Officer Bewails The Neglect With Which He Is Treated by Confucius

An Officer Bewails The Neglect With Which He Is Treated by Confucius

It floats about, that boat of cypress wood,Now here, now there, as by the current borne.Nor rest nor sleep comes in my troubled mood;I suffer as when painful wound has tornThe ...

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A Man’s Praise Of His Wife by Confucius

A Man’s Praise Of His Wife by Confucius

My path forth from the east gate lay,Where cloud-like moved the girls at play.Numerous are they, as clouds so bright,But not on them my heart's thoughts light.Dressed in a thin ...

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The Soldier by Confucius

The Soldier by Confucius

I climbed the barren mountain,And my gaze swept far and wideFor the red-lit eaves of my father's home,And I fancied that he sighed:My son has gone for a soldier,For a soldier ...

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A Young Soldier On Service by Confucius

A Young Soldier On Service by Confucius

To the top of that tree-clad hill I go,And towards my father I gaze,Till with my mind's eye his form I espy,And my mind's ear hears how he says:--'Alas for my son on service ...

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Against Listening To Slanderers by Confucius

Against Listening To Slanderers by Confucius

Like the blueflies buzzing round,And on the fences lighting,Are the sons of slander found,Who never cease their biting.O thou happy, courteous king,To the winds their slanders ...

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A Festal Ode Complimenting An Officer by Confucius

A Festal Ode Complimenting An Officer by Confucius

On dashed my four steeds, without halt, without stay,Though toilsome and winding from Chow was the way.I wished to return--but the monarch's commandForbade that his business be ...

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A Wife’s Grief Because Of Her Husband’s Absence by Confucius

A Wife’s Grief Because Of Her Husband’s Absence by Confucius

The falcon swiftly seeks the north,And forest gloom that sent it forth.Since I no more my husband see,My heart from grief is never free.O how is it, I long to know,That he, my ...

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A Wife Mourns For Her Husband by Confucius

A Wife Mourns For Her Husband by Confucius

The dolichos grows and covers the thorn,O'er the waste is the dragon-plant creeping.The man of my heart is away and I mourn--What home have I, lonely and weeping?Covering the ...

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A Wife Urging Her Husband To Action by Confucius

A Wife Urging Her Husband To Action by Confucius

His lady to the marquis says,'The cock has crowed; 'tis late.Get up, my lord, and haste to court.'Tis full; for you they wait.'She did not hear the cock's shrill sound,Only the ...

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Against Frivolous Pursuits by Confucius

Against Frivolous Pursuits by Confucius

Like splendid robes appear the wingsOf the ephemeral fly;And such the pomp of those great men,Which soon in death shall lie!I grieve! Would they but come to me!To teach them I ...

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Hospitality by Confucius

Hospitality by Confucius

A few gourd leaves that waved aboutCut down and boiled;--the feast how spare!But the good host his spirits takes,Pours out a cup, and proves them rare.A single rabbit on the ...

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The Value Of Friendship by Confucius

The Value Of Friendship by Confucius

The woodmen's blows responsive ring,As on the trees they fall;And when the birds their sweet notes sing,They to each other call.From the dark valley comes a bird,And seeks the ...

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Trysting Time by Confucius

Trysting Time by Confucius

IA pretty girl at time o' gloamingHath whispered me to go and meet herWithout the city gate.I love her, but she tarries coming.Shall I return, or stay and greet her?I burn, and ...

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The Prince Of Loo by Confucius

The Prince Of Loo by Confucius

A grand man is the prince of Loo,With person large and high.Lofty his front and suited toThe fine glance of his eye!Swift are his feet. In archeryWhat man with him can vie?With ...

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Sadness by Confucius

Sadness by Confucius

The sun is ever full and bright,The pale moon waneth night by night.Why should this be?My heart that once was full of lightIs but a dying moon to-night.But when I dream of thee ...

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Soldiers Of Wei Bewail Separation From Their Families by Confucius

Soldiers Of Wei Bewail Separation From Their Families by Confucius

List to the thunder and roll of the drum!See how we spring and brandish the dart!Some raise Ts'aou's walls; some do field work at home;But we to the southward lonely depart.Our ...

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Celebrating King Wan by Confucius

Celebrating King Wan by Confucius

The royal Wan now rests on high,Enshrined in brightness of the sky.Chow as a state had long been known,And Heaven's decree at last was shown.Its lords had borne a glorious ...

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The Disappointed Lover by Confucius

The Disappointed Lover by Confucius

Where grow the willows near the eastern gate,And 'neath their leafy shade we could recline,She said at evening she would me await,And brightly now I see the day-star shine!Here ...

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An Officer Sets Forth His Hard Lot by Confucius

An Officer Sets Forth His Hard Lot by Confucius

My way leads forth by the gate on the north;My heart is full of woe.I hav'n't a cent, begged, stolen, or lent,And friends forget me so.So let it be! 'tis Heaven's decree.What can ...

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To Govern by Confucius

To Govern by Confucius

To govern simply by statute and to maintain order by means of penalties is to render the people evasive and devoid of a sense of shame.

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An Ode Appropriate To A Festivity by Confucius

An Ode Appropriate To A Festivity by Confucius

The dew lies heavy all around,Nor, till the sun shines, leaves the ground.Far into night we feasting sit;We drink, and none his place may quit.The dew lies heavy, and its gemsStud ...

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The Master Said by Confucius

The Master Said by Confucius

The Master said, 'It is by the Odes that the mind is aroused.'It is by the Rules of Propriety that the character is established.'It is from Music that the finish is received.' The ...

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On The Misery Of Soldiers by Confucius

On The Misery Of Soldiers by Confucius

Yellow now is all the grass;All the days in marching pass.On the move is every man;Hard work, far and near, they plan.Black is every plant become;Every man is torn from home.Kept ...

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Men Of Superior Mind by Confucius

Men Of Superior Mind by Confucius

Men of superior mind busy themselves first getting at the root of things; when they succeed, the right course is open to them.

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Moral Lessons From Natural Facts by Confucius

Moral Lessons From Natural Facts by Confucius

All true words fly, as from yon reedy marshThe crane rings o'er the wild its screaming harsh.Vainly you try reason in chains to keep;--Freely it moves as fish sweeps through the ...

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Discontent by Confucius

Discontent by Confucius

As when the north winds keenly blow,And all around fast falls the snow,The source of pain and suffering great,So now it is in Wei's poor state.Let us join hands and haste away,My ...

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The Mean Husband by Confucius

The Mean Husband by Confucius

Thin cloth of dolichos supplies the shoes,In which some have to brave the frost and cold.A bride, when poor, her tender hands must use,Her dress to make, and the sharp needle ...

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The Folly Of Useless Effort by Confucius

The Folly Of Useless Effort by Confucius

The weeds will but the ranker grow,If fields too large you seek to till.To try to gain men far awayWith grief your toiling heart will fill,If fields too large you seek to till,The ...

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The Wish Of An Unhappy Man by Confucius

The Wish Of An Unhappy Man by Confucius

Where the grounds are wet and low,There the trees of goat-peach grow,With their branches small and smooth,Glossy in their tender youth.Joy it were to me, O tree,Consciousness to ...

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Anxiety Of A Young Lady To Get Married by Confucius

Anxiety Of A Young Lady To Get Married by Confucius

Ripe, the plums fall from the bough;Only seven-tenths left there now!Ye whose hearts on me are set,Now the time is fortunate!Ripe, the plums fall from the bough;Only three-tenths ...

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The People’s Admiration For Duke Woo by Confucius

The People’s Admiration For Duke Woo by Confucius

The black robes well your form befit;When they are worn we'll make you new.Now for your court! oh! there we'll sit,And watch how you your duties do.And when we to our homes ...

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The Contentment Of A Poor Recluse by Confucius

The Contentment Of A Poor Recluse by Confucius

My only door some pieces of crossed wood,Within it I can rest enjoy.I drink the water wimpling from the spring;Nor hunger can my peace destroy.Purged from ambition's aims I say, ...

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The Lament Of A Lover by Confucius

The Lament Of A Lover by Confucius

There where its shores the marsh surround,Rushes and lotus plants abound.Their loveliness brings to my mindThe lovelier one that I would find.In vain I try to ease the smartOf ...

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The Response To A Festal Ode by Confucius

The Response To A Festal Ode by Confucius

Heaven shields and sets thee fast.It round thee fair has castThy virtue pure.Thus richest joy is thine;--Increase of corn and wine,And every gift divine,Abundant, sure.Heaven ...

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The Generous Nephew by Confucius

The Generous Nephew by Confucius

I escorted my uncle to Tsin,Till the Wei we crossed on the way.Then I gave as I leftFor his carriage a giftFour steeds, and each steed was a bay.I escorted my uncle to Tsin,And I ...

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There Is A Proper Way For Doing Everything by Confucius

There Is A Proper Way For Doing Everything by Confucius

In hewing an axe-shaft, how must you act?Another axe take, or you'll never succeed.In taking a wife, be sure 'tis a fact,That with no go-between you never can speed.In hewing an ...

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The Song Of The Plantain-Gatherers by Confucius

The Song Of The Plantain-Gatherers by Confucius

We gather and gather the plantains;Come gather them anyhow.Yes, gather and gather the plantains,And here we have got them now.We gather and gather the plantains;Now off the ears ...

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